Holy cow! It’s that time of year again… I’ll be teaching this week on Wednesday. Join me for this special class the day before the Winter Solstice.
“The path of yoga is faith, energy, mindfulness, meditation, and wisdom.”
~Patanjali, from the Yoga Sutras, 1.20
I can say from personal experience that I feel more centered, grounded, and just plain better when I keep up with my daily meditation and asana practice. This 21-day Yoga Challenge will be a fun way to maintain my practice as we usher in 2012- and a fun way to share my experiences with other yoga lovers.
Using Social Workout, you can track your progress and invite others to join you. The Challenge includes a daily yoga (asana) practice, 15 minutes of meditation daily, and eating at least 1 vegetarian meal a day.
This is what YJ has to say about it:
Starting Jan. 9, you’ll begin receiving daily newsletters outlining that day’s practice, with a video link, a Challenge practice tip, information about that week’s meditation, and a link to a delicious and healthy vegetarian recipe from Vegetarian Times.
January 9th is one month away… if you would like to join my group, search for Holly Richelle (email: Holly@KamelienYoga.com). Let’s get this party started!!!
“Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.”
~Donna Farhi, from Bringing Yoga to Life
I. Love. Synchronicity.
I’m preparing my class for tomorrow. It’s my birthday, and I get to teach. It’s a gift that I couldn’t have imagined receiving just one year ago. It was about this time one year ago that I sat down and made a list of intentions for the coming year. I wrote them down, said my prayers, and watched things fall into place in such a miraculous way. High on the list… finally get certified to teach yoga. And here I am, one year later, preparing the class I will teach on my birthday.
In gratitude for this wonderful blessing, I wanted to put together a class that honors where I am in my life today while also honoring my students and the spirit of this special season.
We are now 6 days into the 40-day Global Sadhana honoring the Divine Feminine. I am loving connecting with the energy this global community is generating. Each day, I am doing my humble part by finding ways to honor and connect with Mother Earth.
It has been such a powerful practice for me that I wanted to bring that energy into my class this week. The root chakra (muladhara) seemed like a logical place to start. It is the center of physical experience, and its element is earth (its associated shape is the square, which represents the Earth itself).
And then… voilà! This article not only details kundalini practices for developing the root chakra, but also addresses the importance of balancing muladhara during the holiday season.
Thank you, Shakti! Thank you, Ma! I can’t wait to see you at all of my celebrations this year! ♥
And we’re off…
Such an exciting day today. So much happening. In addition to everything else, it is the first day of the 40-day Global Sadhana honoring the Divine Feminine. Here is a message from Gurunam Singh for those who are taking part in this powerful worldwide community- 8,600 strong!
Watch an introduction with Gurunam Singh and Ramdesh Kaur here.
Today, December 1st, is World AIDS Day. There are currently 33 million people on Earth who are living with HIV. Today is about taking time to bring awareness to the unique challenges they face and also to send healing love and light to those who need it.
Years ago, I worked with an Iyengar Yoga instructor who is HIV-positive. He first introduced me to this practice that was specifically designed to bring strength and healing to bodies with HIV/AIDS.
Being that the practice includes several inversions, it is a wonderful way to get everything circulating- like shaking up a snow globe. The movement of blood and lymph is a great rejuvenator for the immune system and for the entire body, so this practice would work well for anyone who is looking to bolster their immunity.
Embrace your strength. And your power to heal.
Sending healing love and light today to all those whose lives have been touched by HIV and AIDS.
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It’s been nearly a month now that I’ve been focusing on the practice of Ahimsa. From the beginning, I was aware that observing non-violence goes beyond peacefulness in my words and actions toward others. I had mentioned Donna Farhi’s more inclusive description, which basically says that any thought, word, or deed that inhibits a being from growing to their fullest potential is a violation of Ahimsa.
The challenge of practicing Ahimsa in that way was rolling around in my head as I began my observance. It required attention not only to interpersonal interactions, but attention to my treatment of myself- in my habits, my thoughts, my reactions, on every level, really. I had to bring a high degree of mindfulness to what I do and how I do it in order to better understand the ways I could be inhibiting my own personal growth and the growth of others.
Within a very short time, I began seeing all the signs that my habits, my diet, my care of myself and my body are shaped by my well-being on an emotional and spiritual level. If I am to allow myself to evolve into the highest and best version of me, I must begin my observance of Ahimsa on an emotional and spiritual level. Slightly daunting, I must say.
So, I began meditating and asking for guidance and doing what I do… and then the Angels arrived. Last week, everywhere I turned, it was emotional health, emotional health, emotional health. I got the message, but I was still experiencing just a little panic about the prospect. I mean, seriously… emotional health. Dealing with my emotions. Putting my foot behind my head? Yes, I can do that. Drinking kale juice? No problem. Sitting in silent meditation daily? Yes, PLEASE! But dealing with my emotions? Shouldn’t I have a doctor or some tranquilizers or something for that??
Thankfully, I am not the do-er. I need simply to allow, and I am not alone as I move forward on my path. See, this week, everywhere I turned, it was Angels, Angels, Angels. They are here, and they want nothing more than to be of aid. Already, two amazing, healing Angel meditations have fallen into my lap. The first is a guided meditation video with Doreen Virtue. The second is an Angel meditation for overcoming anxiety. It can be found here.
Try introducing these meditations into your practice if you feel you could use a little help from your Angels. I am so grateful for both of them, and I had to share.
Thank you, Angels! ♥